Playing the fool
Chris Mainwaring Legends Gamel. Peter Rowsthorn attempts a hand-ball. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian.

Comedian Peter Rowsthorn is used to being the butt of many jokes from his role as the lovable Brett on Kath & Kim. But the 49-year-old says he is especially happy to make a fool of himself when it's for a good cause.

On October 6, Rowsthorn will step into a pair of football boots to take part in the Chris Mainwaring Legends Match for Telethon at Patersons Stadium, where he will face-off against an assortment of past AFL players and public figures.

The Melbourne-raised star, who now calls Perth home, tells Access All Areas he is excited to take part in the event for the second year in a row.

"I love footy, it's my favourite thing in the world, aside from my family, of course," he says. "But I am a hopeless football player. To stand in a room and kick footies with complete legends of the game is a dream for a football fan like myself."

As well as preparing for the match, Rowsthorn has been busy promoting Kath & Kimderella, the first feature film for the foxy morons and their entourage.

Rowsthorn says the cast members' longstanding relationships had made filming a fun experience.

"We always have a great time working together and the girls (creators Jane Turner and Gina Riley) are really clever," he says. "They do everything; we just put on stupid clothes and are along for the ride. It's a pretty good job, really."

The veteran actor will next year celebrate 30 years in the industry with a role in the Black Swan Theatre Company's production of The Importance of Being Ernest.

Rowsthorn says he has no shortage of projects but needs to keep the momentum going.

"I am lucky to have lasted this long," he says. "I pinch myself every day that I'm still going and enjoying it."

The West Australian

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